Pforzheim/Salzburg. Visions and ways for the future of the European business location will be discussed in Salzburg. More than 200 CEOs and international experts will deal with the burning issues in Europe at the Salzburg Summit 2022. Also present: Professor Dr. Carlo Burkhardt from Pforzheim University.
The conference motto “Challenges” addresses the current situation and the challenges facing Europe. Divided into the four central thematic blocks of climate and energy, innovation, geopolitics and society, the Pforzheim university professor Burkhardt was invited to head the Institute for Strategic Technology and Precious Metals (STI) to refer to the challenges and possible solutions for a sustainable supply of raw materials in Europe.
He gave an overview of the supply risks of permanent magnets and the resulting strong dependence of the key European industries mobility, green energy, Automation and digitization from the emerging world power China. He agreed with the Vice-Rector of the Montanuniversität Leoben, Peter MoserProfessor, that it is necessary both in the primary supply of raw materials through the opening of new mining sites and in recycling through improved take-back systems and labeling obligations in order to improve the security of supply in Europe in the medium term .
“We need political support to stop speculation with critical raw materials,” according to Burkhardt.
In addition, there is a need for binding framework conditions in order to create security for the necessary billion-euro investments in the extraction and processing of critical raw materials.